Ballard Inspired Laundry Sign

I saw this fantastic laundry sign in my latest Ballard Designs catalog.   For a mere $129 you too can have this laundry definition giglee print.…


Or you can make your own!


I actually had all the supplies on hand except the screws for the crystal knobs.   So I spent $1.12 total for this fabulous wall art.

I had a piece of 1” thick wood in my garage that I cut with a table saw to a 24” x 24” size.   Lowes carries a 2’ x 4’ piece of MDF for $10.   Have them cut it in a half and you can make two.

I primered and painted it.   I received some free Glidden paint a while ago when they were having a promotion.   The color I chose was Smoky Charcoal.   I mixed it with some Behr Pearlescent medium so that it would look shiny and silver.



I put a light coat on it so that some of the primer would show through and it would give it a vintage feel.

I designed the words in my Silhouette program using a simple Times New Roman font and then cut out the white vinyl with my Silhouette machine. But if you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can purchase the vinyl here.  Then I did a whole lot of cutting, peeling, sticking, and then peeling again.


The hardest part is trying to line up the letters perfectly.   I had to re-cut a few until I was pleased with the layout. Since I did my math wrong there was space at the bottom of the sign. I thought it would be cute to add some crystal knobs so I left some space at the bottom. 🙂


The screws I had were too short so I ran to Ace Hardware and grabbed some longer ones.


Now I can hang my…ahem…stuff there to dry.   That was my plan all along 😉


Using some small screws and wire I created a hanger on the back.


I used some hardware (that will hang up to 50 lbs) and screwed it into the wall and hung it in place.



In the catalog they also show these adorable safety pins.   I was going to buy them (I didn’t think $35 was too bad for the three of them) but they are not available until November 21st.   Ugh!   I must figure out how to recreate them.   I certainly can’t wait until then.


So what do you think?   Do you love the trend of wording and definitions on art pieces? Or are you OVER it?


 To order the vinyl and make your own sign check out Say it on the Wall.

Here are some more laundry room DIY’s.

DIY Rolling Slim Cart


Rolling Laundry Basket Dresser

laundry basket square